Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme


Monday 31 December 2018

The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.

The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.

Proposals submitted to the RFS will be for:

  • a value of £50,000 or less
  • a duration of six months or less
  • for based line data collection/ other feasibility work
  • taking advantage of a time limited natural experiment opportunity
  • aiming towards the submission of a full evaluation

If you would like your proposal to be considered for the RFS, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a summary of your intended project of no more than one page of A4 in length describing both the proposed work and the reasons for the urgency, in particular, why this proposal could not be considered through the standard commissioning timelines such as the researcher-led work stream.

Once the information provided has been considered by the PHR programme, you will be informed whether your proposal is eligible for the RFS. If eligible you will be given four weeks to complete a stage 2 application form.


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